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  1. From this point forward, and until further notice, deliberate thread derails with accusations of people being sockpuppets, discussing sockpuppets, pretty much ANYTHING sockpuppet related, will result in an instant 48h ban from accessing the site. Further instances will result in a seven day ban. These warning points will not be removed. Once you hit ten points, you will be suspended from the site permanently. Feel free to use the report function for any you think we missed, however I'm allowing a grace period for the next two hours to allow time for people to read this. This policy does n
    35 points
  2. My dad was unfortunately one of the residents who passed away at Abbotswood. It's very easy, after the fact, to focus on apportioning blame, to advise (from afar) on what ‘should have been’ – and assume that many of the people and organizations involved are incompetent. From our family’s perspective, in the early stages of the crisis, the staff (and management) at the time tried really hard to protect the residents – stopping all visits, sleeping on-site in two shifts to minimize passage in and out of the building and so on. In hindsight, this wasn’t enough to prevent the tragedy – but the wor
    26 points
  3. In the current circumstances, really? I have not seen my mother, who is in a nursing home, for over 2 months, I get that and comply. I could not take my friend, who cannot drive, shopping even though she could get on a bus, I get that and complied. I could not have my daughter and granddaughter round for a meal, I get that and complied. (Still can't if her partner comes too.) I have to queue to go into any shop, even though I shop also for an elderly couple who are shielding, I get that and comply. I cannot have a trip off the island without having to isolate on retur
    24 points
  4. Press Release from the Rob Vine Fund Following the cessation of Motor Sport on the Isle of Man in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic the Directors of the Rob Vine Fund, Registered Charity No.954 (Isle of Man) wish to inform the public of the Isle of Man that they have unanimously decided to make all our equipment available to support the Manx community. This means we can supply the DHSC with 1. All of the medical equipment in storage for motor sport events on the Isle of Man. The list includes; • 4 Patient ventilators, suitable for Intensive Care use • 4 Multipurpose Patien
    24 points
  5. I am delighted to announce that I will be returning to Manx Radio’s Late Show on Wednesday 1st July. This follows a three week suspension after complaints were lodged against me for comments made by me and contributors to my programme on 3rd June. This led to an investigation by the regulator, the Isle of Man Communications Commission. Their report, published yesterday (24th June) concluded that Manx Radio had not breached the Broadcasting Code and that there was no case to answer. I feel strongly that people should be able to discuss things rationally and respectfully – it’s the onl
    23 points
  6. This is exactly the sort of idiocy that justifies what many think was the over the top camp Comis set up. Whereas most people can be trusted, it would only take one like this to spread the virus to a handful of people (who all think it’s perfectly safe and don’t practice their own social distancing) and we’re back to where we were in late March. I think the sentence is spot on.
    23 points
  7. Yeah, it's definitely all the establishment's fault and nothing to do with self-obsessed narcissists mouthing off in a disruptive manner.
    23 points
  8. Information Notice.pdf Not sure if the PDF link will work, but this is the official word. To everyone on here who has supported me, thank you sincerely. To my many detractors, have a nice day.
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  9. We've spent a bit of time talking about this, both in person and online, and considered many options, including just shutting the doors. However, none of us really wanted to do that so we're thrashed around a few ideas around what changes we could make. What we all agreed was that the key changes that we needed to make were at the registration gateway. I wont go into the details of what we discarded as what we've ultimately settled on is pretty straightforward. Registrations are now enabled, but new accounts need to be manually approved before they're allowed to use the site in any
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  10. Even Santa will get three weeks in prison if he comes to the Isle of Man. That's what I've told my kids anyway.
    20 points
  11. But if she was really was having a severe asthma attack, the last thing they should be doing is boarding an aircraft. Even if they had been on time, the airline employee would have been obliged to refuse them in those circumstances, seeking medical attention should be the priority. Especially you would imagine for her father.
    20 points
  12. It's shite with people setting off fireworks so early - there's been some round here tonight, the dog bolted and knocked over the Xmas tree....
    19 points
  13. At midnight on the 28th May, I Ieave the Isle of Man Constabulary a bit ahead of the intended schedule on a medical discharge, and will have to make my own way in the world again. I'm fortunate enough in that my overall health is good, but hip issues have finally diminished my operational deployability to the stage that I'm about as much use as a chocolate teapot in that regard. I'm of a rank where that ability to run about and fight with the odd ne'er do well is still a occupational requirement, so its time to stand down and let others do that on our behalf. Its obviously a time of mixed
    19 points
  14. Can you guys start a separate thread titled "Jersey is ace - oh no it isn't" and leave this one to a discussion on IOM and the coronavirus?
    18 points
  15. There's a lot of difficult concepts and difficult decisions being made here. I'll have a go at a further explanation. Possible long post ahead. First the difference between 'public health' and what is generally known to be a medical consultation. During this pandemic so far I've been involved in a fair bit of the former - modelling the numbers, trying to predict how many patients we'll have to look after, what to do if we get overwhelmed - how, for example, you decide on who gets the last ventilator if more than one person needs it - predicting how much oxygen we'll need... For this fu
    18 points
  16. @Lost Login - (and anyone else who thinks this doesn't apply to them particularly) I seem to recall you're an accountant so you can do this. Set up your own model of exponential growth in numbers of patients infected with the virus starting from 1 last Thursday, using a daily growth rate of 29% (figure from UK growth in positives over the last few weeks). Probably 80% will get it as we have little if any native immunity. As many as 50-75% may be totally asymptomatic. Of the cases that get it, it varies with age, but broadly speaking about 20% need hospital care and of those 25% intensi
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  17. Maybe they are looking for sites where semi serious debates can be had, without the constant degeneration of topics into name calling etc etc !
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  18. As it is being restored by volunteers and donations I think it's entirely up to people whether they choose to support it or not As you say there is a risk that it will not be a success. If you do not believe in the goal then I think you are right to not support it, why should you? I, however, want to give it a chance to succeed and do believe that it is a historical asset to the town. So I do support it. Simple.
    18 points
  19. My father was one as well. I agree entirely with your sentiments.
    17 points
  20. A cook, that was your role, I knew it!
    17 points
  21. Guys... i.e. Jack and Notty - I have neither of you on ignore, but I do find this 'you're embarrassing yourself', 'you're drunk and have probably shat yourself', 'you're hboy's sock', 'everyone ignores you' mindless repartee to be a bit tiresome. Can't you both just grow up a bit? Make your points, which on both sides are often reasonable, and if another storms in with shitty ad hominem attacks just don't respond. The forum would be a better place if you did.
    17 points
  22. Children don’t become feral all on their own. Children want boundaries, want to know where they stand. It helps them to feel safe and explore the world healthily. What’s happening in Onchan and elsewhere is the result of a generation (or two or three) growing up with few boundaries, and few sanctions for breaking those boundaries. Without them we all become feral. The police must get involved by the time it becomes unlawful, the teachers must get involved when the boundary breaking affects the learning of others. Neither are parents nor social workers, they are service providers
    16 points
  23. Well I for one welcome having something well organised on the Island for a change.
    16 points
  24. I expect the protest will be in front of the U.S. Embassy in Douglas - otherwise an IOM protest about police brutality in Murrica makes no sense except as a virtue signalling snowstorm. In other news (saw this on a graph earlier) , in 2018 the USA had around fifty thousand white on black violent crimes, compared with four hundred thousand black on black and around 550,000 black on white violent crimes. ALL Lives Matter!
    16 points
  25. I hope that no one forgets that it wasn't very long ago that that wonderful human being William Henderson MLC wrote a 30 page essay on why he couldn't live on less than £50000 per year. That is the attitude that is going to have to change.
    16 points
  26. nor do i, it is the coming back that fucks me off.
    16 points
  27. The Manx Radio interview is classic Howard Quayle in managing to make even giving out money to the needy look bad. It's also noticeable just how slow they have been about this 'emergency' - the flooding was two weeks ago but the announcement was only on Friday - ten days later. And to get this miserly payment you need to download and print off a form and fill it in and take it to Treasury, when they will eventually send you a cheque, providing you fulfil the long list of conditions they have attached to the form. Given that (according to Quayle) there are only about 15 households affect
    16 points
  28. They'll be counted on the tourist figures though.
    16 points
  29. Reading through the reports and listening to what was said; what seems to come though it all is the sheer arrogance of all concerned. It just exemplifies to me all that is completely wrong with the IOM and what will continue stop a proper diversified and big tax paying free market private sector developing. They are putting on an event that WE pay for through our taxes. The event relies on a huge number of people and groups who provide their time for free (from marshalls to boy scouts doing the scores), it also relies on normal residents putting up people in their own homes year after year, an
    16 points
  30. ...and I so wanted a long illustrious career at the DHSC I run my own company so my involvement with the DHSC to set up and keep the COVID19 lab running wasn't exactly in the professional career plan... Compared to DHSC employees and civil servants, I'm in the position where I don't need to worry about the mortgage payments if I get sacked for questioning things as I have my day-job at my company. So I question things. On the flip side of that I'm pretty sure there are a few in the DHSC and civil service who would love to see my head on a spike for daring to speak up. OK. So fir
    15 points
  31. There are a couple of subtly different issues here. I would not so much condemn them had they done so temporarily and put out a statement to the effect that the suspension was pending the outcome of the independent enquiry, full stop. This I would accept as protecting their legitimate commercial interest. They didn't. They immediately jumped aboard the manufactured bandwagon of outrage by putting out a statement distancing themselves from the programme and Stu Peters: ’For those people who heard the show, we wanted to publicly address what was said and make it clear that we in NO WAY cond
    15 points
  32. @Josem - I offered to talk to you about the methodology behind the modelling, but was not prepared to share the spreadsheet as it’s a working calculator, which depending on input variables could generate all sorts of outcomes which could easily be misused. You never replied and instead put in an FOI request. The modelling was done about 8 weeks ago and its predictions were used to inform planning, mainly at the hospital, and to illustrate to the decision makers how serious the situation could get if significant measures weren’t put in place. It was a ‘plan for the worst, hope for the bes
    15 points
  33. To be fair, I used to design, validate and deploy DNA tests for ssRNA viruses for the entirety of UK DEFRA plant health and food security. It was only for around 13 years so I suppose I know sod all about anything. We used to run 20,000 tests per week with the set-up we had at DEFRA so - right now - 200 ssRNA Coronavirus tests per days seems like small-fry. Some of my contemporaries are running the "Lighthouse Labs" in the UK. But because I'm from the IoM and returned to the IoM with my "skillz" I must know stuff all. God, I love Manx Forums. It's right up my street
    15 points
  34. Pull up a sandbag, and I’ll tell you why.... I’ve been visiting the Island since 1991,and lived here since 1998. I put my heart and soul into keeping it safe. My kids grew up here, and are better people for it. I like the community, the safety and the general pace of the place. It is also incredibly beautiful. But, Over this time I’ve become acutely aware of how it works. And the answer to that is ‘not well’. When we were being propped up with a couple of hundred million from the UK, it wasn’t too bad. But we got ahead of ourselves. We thought we were doing really well, and eve
    15 points
  35. Did I tell you about a time when Bill saved the day? A load of us, including Bill, were on the red-eye patient transfer to various specialists in Liverpool hospitals, more than half of us including Mrs Q were having procedures. It's a long day doing this, tiring, we all just wanted to get home. When we were collected, and returned to John Lennon, after standing around for ages, Flybe, without warning, cancelled the flight! We were dumbfounded and immediately some of us began ringing the Steam Packet to see about catching the ferry. This resulted in either an unanswered call or engaged tone, fo
    15 points
  36. Rhetorical on your part I suspect Roger, but let me answer anyway: Because he’s an Olympic standard twat.
    15 points
  37. Nope - I have good manners and don't think it's classy to disparage a chap in his 80's who is still working hard and doing something lots of people enjoy. Of course, since you don't, it must be rubbish. What do YOU do that adds up to anything?
    15 points
  38. He makes programmes for Manx Radio so I expect it's a quid pro quo arrangement. He's a remarkable gentleman is our Tel, proper old school and I have huge respect for him and elders in general. Unlike some of you whippersnapper arseholes.
    15 points
  39. There wasn't much health and safety when those boys went over the top into the barbed wire, mud and machine guns......
    15 points
  40. Wonder what their 5 minute rate is? For a friend, wondering for a friend...
    15 points
  41. I'll put a big disclaimer here that I'm not the person who decides who gets tested and when. Saying that, I am a scientist who understands that if you test someone on the day they arrive and their exposure to the virus was at on the way to the ferry/plane, that test is going to come up negative because no test in the world can give a result based on exposure. The test is for actual infection, whether symptomatic or asymptomatic. So let's say that we test everyone on arrival. We end up giving out a large number of negative results to people who are going to be going into isolation fo
    14 points
  42. To be fair, the majority probably do sympathise with anti-racism, I do. Do I sympathise with this bunch as they are currently positioning themselves? No. Do I think there is racism on the island? Probably there is passive or latent racism but it will manifest itself as ignoramuses being mean and insulting, nothing like the actions that sparked the BLM movement in the US. The US has it's own peculiarities, such as gun ownership, militarization of the police and systems that do inherently seem to prejudice black people, but it is not necessarily all one-sided as many black American
    14 points
  43. Several things strike me about that letter: 1. It wasn't Stu's comments that have caused the backlash, but the vindictive campaign. There have been no racist comments on social media merely many people questioning the motives of this group. 2. Stu did not laugh at them, clearly it was at the inability to get a word in edge ways. 3. Again, it is anonymous. Who is this group? Are they like the Hardy Commission (will that name) who have written to the Dept of Ed to demand that anti racism is taught in our schools? When asked who they were and who gave them their "Commission" t
    14 points
  44. Of course they should reinstate him. They should have shown some backbone and not suspended him in the first place. Very weak leadership in the face of the hysterical followers of a cabal on social media.
    14 points
  45. Thread not locked. Just @dilligaf and @Mr Newbie on lockdown for a while. £855 charge for 14 days. Dick1 + Dick2 = suspension
    14 points
  46. There's a huge amount of conspiracy madness appearing in this thread - test bed for vaccine, military take-over etc - please can we stop. The real situation is perfectly clear and reasonable. I'll try to explain. First the 'curves' which everyone seems to talk about, but few probably understand. The curves are just a continuous mathematical model of how many positive tests you may see on a given day, based on an exponential growth function (which decreases as a higher proportion of the at risk population get infected). The three curves you see on the government site are based on an in
    14 points
  47. Do you remember when you could get a doctors appointment? A&E didn't involve a 5 hour time write off? And all children went to the dentist? Fuckin progressive society my arse. Like has been said, we do not have the infrastructure to support the current population - shut up waffle boy.
    14 points
  48. I wonder if Mrs. Morris's resignation letter was a copy and paste from Dr. Couch's resignation letter?!
    14 points
  49. The people I feel sorry for are the householders who thought they were going to be getting a nice picture of "a child reading a book, to tie it in with the library", and instead got a 70s Prog Rock album cover.
    14 points
  50. That the Honourable Members should be locked in the building and not permitted to emerge until they have produced a credible Programme For Government which sets out the roadmap, actions and timetable for balancing the budget, together with audited financial projections. Once they've done that, they can go back to deciding where the Lord Bishop sits and all the rest.
    14 points
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